My RØDE Reel 2017 Wraps! Submissions Up 24%

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The My RØDE Reel competition has completed and the winners have been selected for the 2017 edition – and there were 24% more submissions than in 2016.

And as a guy who's been a judge before, that sounds like a lot of opportunity but also a of work LOL

You can spend a good bit of time combing thru the My RØDE Reel 2017 winners as they had a wide variety of categories and many of them are indeed marvelous.

I'll warn you tho… “Fireflies” (best drama) might rip your heart out if you're a parent! (I think I would have picked that one over the ‘judge's prize' winner, but that's one reason why these are so fun – everyone has an opinion!)

Here's the big winner – “Midnight Toker” – make sure to visit the site to watch the rest – they're all less than 3 minutes and very enjoyable!




Friday 4th AUGUST, 2017, Sydney Australia– Leading pro-audio brand RØDE Microphones is excited to announce ‘My RØDE Reel’ has wrapped its fourth year, with a record 1520 films entered (up 24% from 2016’s 1224 films), along with another 1520 behind-the-scenes films. It confirms My RØDE Reel’s status as The World’s Largest Short Film Competition.

The global reach continues to rise as well, with entries coming in from over 86 countries, including an enormous 356 films from China, a year-on-year increase of 138%.

RØDE Microphones was proud to award 11 genre prizes, 8 technical prizes and 4 regional prizes (China, India, Japan and South Korea) as well as the major categories (listed below).

In a hotly contested field, the winner for the Judges’ Prize for 2017 is comedy-thriller Midnight Toker, from Canadian filmmaking team Camp 905 (whose entry Tik-Tik won Best Female Filmmaker in 2016). Director Bea Macapagal is the first female filmmaker to win the top gong in the competition’s history.

Judge Phillip Bloom said Midnight Toker was, “A really fun homage to classic films. Very well executed both visually and in audio, with great direction. I was impressed and entertained. A clever film.”

My RØDE Reel Ambassador and Judge, actor-director Matilda Brown was blown away by the standard. “I thought these films were outstanding and such a high standard. I have judged so many film comps and I really was so impressed by these films. I'm a tough critic but I was humbled and excited by these films. Well done, everyone.”

The Major Prize Winners were:
Judges’ Prize: Midnight Toker (Canada) Dir: Bea Macapagal
People’s Choice: Ausente (Ecuador) Dir: Diego Ulloa May Valencia
Female Filmmaker: Franca (Italy) Patrizia Fazzi and Antonella Barbera
Best Young Filmmaker: Texto (France) Dir: Julien Giardin
Best BTS – Educational: Danger In The Clear(USA) Dir: Sean, Render3 Media
Best BTS – Entertaining: 21st Century Breakup (Scotland) Dir: Oscar Jacques, Eliot Rhys

Check out all the winners at

RØDE’s CEO Damien Wilson was similarly impressed. “The quality this year has – almost unbelievably – improved again on last year. I’m so proud of My RØDE Reel and all the inspirational filmmakers out there who continue to dazzle us with their wonderful creativity. Congratulations to you all. Next year will be bigger than ever!”

RØDE Microphones brought together the most respected brands in filmmaking, to assemble an incredible prize pool valued at more than $500,000, to be divided amongst the 29 winners. This includes products from Adobe, Angelbird, APHEX, Atomos, Blackmagic Design, Blastwave FX, Cam Caddie, F&V, FilmConvert, Film Supply, Freefly, iOgrapher, Joby, Kessler, Lowepro, Michael Wiese Productions, Miller, Movcam, Music Bed, NiSi, Paralinx, Red Giant, Shane’s Inner Circle, SoundField, Teradek, ZEISS, and of course RØDE.

Visit to watch all winning films.

About RØDE Microphones:

RØDE Microphones ( designs and manufactures high-quality microphones and related accessories for studio, live and location use. Its products are designed and primarily manufactured in Sydney, Australia and exported to over 113 countries globally. Freedman Electronics is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017.


(cover photo credit: snap from the RØDE promo)



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